• Air Flights

    Major airlines fly into Cape Town and Johannesburg on a daily basis. You won’t get cheaper fares by booking them in Southern Africa so you may as well book them from wherever you are/live.
  • Baz Bus Hop on Hop off

    The Baz Bus is a hop-on, hop-off backpackers bus in South Africa. It’s an easy way to get from A to B and a fun way to meet other travellers. They drop you at your backpacking hostel door.
  • Buy back Car Companies

    Buy a car here for your journey through Southern Africa and save up to 60% in rental fees!
  • Car Hire South Africa

    There are a number of cheap car hire operators in South Africa. All of the cities in South Africa have car hire branches.
  • Long distance trains

    Southern Africa does not have a great railroad infrastructure so travelling by train is fairly restrictive (but fun nonetheless).
  • Minibus taxis

    Without doubt, the cheapest way to travel is to use local black transport systems or “minibus taxis”. They require nerves of steel but are definitely the most efficient way to get around pretty much anywhere in South Africa.

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Long Distance Buses

There are a number of long distance buses including Translux, Intercape, Greyhound and the Baz Bus (which is the only real backpacker bus).


Transport

  • Mainliner bus services

    These are usually air-conditioned “luxury buses” which have on-board toilets and a hostess who occasionally offers you a sugary drink or blanket. “Chicken (pack ‘em and stack ‘em) busses” are cheaper, less spacious, more crowded, more likely to be fun (if you have a sense of humour) and more likely to break down. In some areas they may be the only bus service and are unlikely to have a strict timetable.
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Abseil Africa
Abseil in Cape Town - Drop off the edge of the mountain.
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)

Dunwoodie Travel Lodge
Dunwoodie Travel Lodge is your “Home away from Home”in Pretoria.
(Pretoria City,Pretoria)

Cape Oasis Guesthouse
In a quiet neighbourhood with beautiful views of the mountain.
(Northern Beaches,Cape Town)

Bouganvillea Backpackers
Pull into the Port Capital of SA and drop anchor on your Route 62 cruise at Bouganvillea Backpackers.
(Calitzdorp,Route 62)

Khaya Travel and Volunteer Projects
Volunteer projects in South Africa
(Port Elizabeth,)

Wild Spirit Lodge at Khoinania
Wild Spirit backpackers lodge just outside of Plettenberg Bay, is a wonderful place to stay at.
(Nature's Valley,Garden Route)

Maputo Backpackers
Maputo Backpackers are only 50m from the Beach. They offer home-cooked seafood or traditional meals and day/night trips into Maputo.
(Maputo,Mozambique)

Chennells Volunteer Projects
Volunteer and help rural children.
(Eshowe,Zululand)


Long Street Backpackers Cape Town
This is Cape Town backpackers is in the centre of Long Street.
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)